A Fire in the Sun by George Alec Effinger
Bantam Books; First Edition | 1990 | English | ISBN: 0553274074 | 265 pages | PDF | 2 MB
Whereas Gravity Fails (Book One of the Marîd Audran trilogy) was a rather generic exposé of gritty life in a gritty Arab city, Fire in the Sun is a detailed depiction of the mafia-esque underworld controlling the streets, the businesses, the law enforcement and, ultimately, the peoples' lives. Effinger has seemingly fine-tuned the broader plot theme to hone in on the natural spectrum which the Budayeen intrinsically offers. There are less bar scenes yet more one-on-one scenes, there is less drug use yet an increase in moddie (modification which control mood, emotion and personality) and daddie (modifications which allow the user peripheral ability) usage, and there is less detailed grit yet there is a finer resolution of the once familiar sleaze in the Budayeen.